[Update] Niantic Adds Trading To Pokémon Go After Teasing It 1016 Days Ago

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[Update] Niantic Adds Trading To Pokémon Go After Teasing It 1016 Days Ago

Update 6/24/2018: A miracle happened last week. After announcing it on June 18, trading was finally added to Pokémon Go a few days ago. It only took over 1,000 days to implement one of Pokémon's core mechanics to what may be its mostly popular entry ever. Now we can start the countdown for trainer-to-trainer battling!

Update 5/5/2018: An additional day has passed in the Gregorian calendar, which means it has now been 969 days since Niantic teased trading in Pokémon Go. We have also corrected some faulty math in the copy of the original story.

Original Story: A number of Game Informer staffers just vacated the office to compete in a Pokémon Go raid battle a few blocks away. The five-minute walk transformed into a discussion about the current state of the game. One of the big topics of note was the quest to catch Mew. Some of us have already added this illusive critter to our Pokédexes, but a few staffers are still working on a number of the objectives, and are frustrated by one in particular: catching Ditto.

How Tetris Effect Can Learn From Previous Arcade Reinventions

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How Tetris Effect Can Learn From Previous Arcade Reinventions

With enchanting music and trippy visuals, our first look at Tetris Effect promises the timeless gameplay of Tetris in an entirely new context. Last week, we wrote about its gameplay additions and wild stylistic choices. But as novel as it appears, Tetris Effect isn’t the first reinvention of its kind. From Pac-Man to After burner, Developers have been giving classic games new life for years – often accompanied by explosive graphics and sound.

Tetris Effect has a chance to learn from the best by looking at these past titles. Let’s check out some of the most effective examples of old games that have learned new tricks.

The original screen-clearing gameplay for Tetris came from a technical limitation; the screen would simply fill up too fast. So Alexey Pajitnov, the original programmer, made each line simply disappear once it was full.

How Tetris Effect Can Learn From Previous Arcade Reinventions

about X hours ago from
How Tetris Effect Can Learn From Previous Arcade Reinventions

With enchanting music and trippy visuals, our first looks at Tetris Effect promise the timeless gameplay of Tetris in an entirely new context. Last week, we wrote about its gameplay additions and wild stylistic choices. But as novel as it appears, Tetris Effect isn’t the first reinvention of its kind. Developers have been giving classic games like Pac-Man to Afterburner new life for years – often accompanied by explosive graphics and sound.

Tetris Effect has a chance to learn from the best by looking at these past titles. Let’s check out some of the most effective examples of old games that have learned new tricks.

The original screen-clearing gameplay for Tetris came from a technical limitation; the screen would simply fill up too fast. So Alexey Pajitnov, the original programmer, made each one simply disappear once it was full.

The 2018 Collection Of Terrible Video Game Shirts

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The 2018 Collection Of Terrible Video Game Shirts

First lady Melania Trump recently taught us we should pay attention to what we wear outside of the house. Over the last three years, I've been trying to hammer home this same message to video game fans. I began with 50 game shirts you should avoid, and then returned a year later to warn you about 39 more shirts that would make people audibly groan when they walked by you. My most recent collection of terrible game shirts was the largest I've assembled, and it was truly hideous (because Hanzo was in it).

This year's featured shirts are topical. Fortnite is everywhere, as is Donald Trump. You'll even see shirts that unite Trump and Fortnite. My message to you: Wear what you want, but don't wear these shirts. Sometimes the best shirt you can throw on is a solid color free of images and messages. Just a nice blue shirt. Any shade will do. Without further delay, here are 2018's shirts to avoid:

The 2018 Collection Of Terrible Video Game Shirts

about X hours ago from
The 2018 Collection Of Terrible Video Game Shirts

First lady Melania Trump recently taught us we should pay attention to what we wear outside of the house. Over the last three years, I've been trying to hammer home this same message to video game fans. I began with 50 game shirts you should avoid, and then returned a year later to warn you about 39 more shirts that would make people audibly groan when they walked by you. My most recent collection of terrible game shirts was the largest I've assembled, and it was truly hideous (because Hanzo was in it).

This year's featured shirts are topical. Fortnite is everywhere, as is Donald Trump. You'll even see shirts that unite Trump and Fortnite. My message to you: Wear what you want, but don't wear these shirts. Sometimes the best shirt you can throw on is a solid color free of images and messages. Just a nice blue shirt. Any shade will do. Without further delay, here are 2018's shirts to avoid:

Replay – Ape Escape 2

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Replay – Ape Escape 2

We recently played through all of Ape Escape in one sitting, and have been itching to see how the second game in the series held up. We usually try to space recurring game series out over time, but a recent hour-long discussion about apes in the office made us go back on our stance.

In this video, we explore the opening moments of Ape Escape 2 on PlayStation 2. As we marvel at the significant boost in graphics between series entries, we do our best to capture as many agitated apes as we can. And oh man! Do we catch a lot of them! We even run into some apes that we end up calling the "Dark Souls Apes" of the series.

Enjoy our dumb video, and we'll see you again in seven short days!

Replay – Ape Escape 2

about X hours ago from
Replay – Ape Escape 2

We recently played through all of Ape Escape in one sitting, and have been itching to see how the second game in the series held up. We usually try to space recurring game series out over time, but a recent hour-long discussion about apes in the office made us go back on our stance.

In this video, we explore the opening moments of Ape Escape 2 on PlayStation 2. As we marvel at the significant boost in graphics between series entries, we do our best to capture as many agitated apes as we can. And oh man! Do we catch a lot of them! We even run into some apes that we end up calling the "Dark Souls Apes" of the series.

Enjoy our dumb video, and we'll see you again in seven short days!

New Gameplay Today – Mario Tennis Aces

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New Gameplay Today – Mario Tennis Aces

Mario Tennis Aces lets friends play friendly games of tennis in a variety of friendly courts across the Mushroom Kingdom. Kyle and I aren't friends, however. I think he is bad, so we decided to settle our differences in a best-of-three series. Leo was the arbiter of the event, doling out real-world consequences to the loser.

To keep things fair, we enabled random character and court selection, so we wouldn't be tempted to rely on characters like Toad, who is good and fast and helps players win. Instead, Kyle and I could potentially be stuck with broken characters like Daisy or Boo, who are designed to lose and prevent players from winning even though they are better at the game. I don't want to spoil the outcome of this series, so I'll just leave it at that.

Mario Tennis Aces is out today on Nintendo Switch. You can read our review right here.

New Gameplay Today – Mario Tennis Aces

about X hours ago from
New Gameplay Today – Mario Tennis Aces

Mario Tennis Aces lets friends play friendly games of tennis in a variety of friendly courts across the Mushroom Kingdom. Kyle and I aren't friends, however. I think he is bad, so we decided to settle our differences in a best-of-three series. Leo was the arbiter of the event, doling out real-world consequences to the loser.

To keep things fair, we enabled random character and court selection, so we wouldn't be tempted to rely on characters like Toad, who is good and fast and helps players win. Instead, Kyle and I could potentially be stuck with broken characters like Daisy or Boo, who are designed to lose and prevent players from winning even though they are better at the game. I don't want to spoil the outcome of this series, so I'll just leave it at that.

Mario Tennis Aces is out today on Nintendo Switch.

The Second Annual Dubious E3 Awards

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The Second Annual Dubious E3 Awards

E3 is a magical time for the video game industry, as developers, the media, and fans who aren’t afraid to wait in absurdly long lines all smash into the Los Angeles Convention Center (henceforth referred as “hell on earth”) for a weeklong look at the exciting things to come. For us at G.I., the event entails scrambling to an endless series of appointments, writing up and posting as many hands-on previews as we can before passing out each night, and then flying home and writing everything again for our E3 Hot 50 feature.

That last venture also involves us fighting over our Best of E3 Awards, where the rest of the staff remains annoyingly insistent that we come to some kind of group consensus instead of just accepting my obviously correct opinions as gospel. Lucky for me – and you, when you think about it – I came to a brilliant solution last year: I launched my own competing awards. Not only do I handpick all of the winners of the Dubious E3 Awards, I also make up the categories, which are customized to each year’s show. I told you they were brilliant! So without further ado, here are this years Duby winners.

Skating By On One Game Award: Nintendo